We see hidden scars in nearly all of the populations that we work with, including survivors of sexual violence, families of the missing, those providing assistance within an affected community, people suddenly living with physical disabilities and detainees who experience ill-treatment and torture.
And this means that providing mental health and psychosocial support can be lifesaving in times of war and violence, just as much as stemming a bleed or having clean water.
Mental health support must be included in the first wave of humanitarian assistance. This is why the ICRC has developed mental health and psychosocial support program that is implemented during and after armed conflict and other situations of violence.
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